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Google is looking to one-up that iPad's Retina display

Apple may be looking to crush the competition's hopes of taking over the 7" tablet market with its upcoming iPad Mini, but Google is looking to grab a few headlines of its own on Monday, October 29.
 
According to The Next Web, Google will officially unveil a 32GB version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet. The device has already turned up in stores across the U.S. and some lucky people have even been able to purchase the device, which is priced at $249 (the same price as the previous 16GB model). In addition, there will also be another 32GB Nexus 7 that will feature 3G connectivity. This device will most likely be aimed right at Amazon's 8.9" Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G (say that three times fast).

 
The star of the show, however, will be Google's new 10" tablet that was developed in conjunction with Samsung. This tablet will come bearing Android 4.2 (still operating under the Jelly Bean codename) and a Retina-surpassing resolution of 2560x1600 (300 ppi). Apple's "New iPad" features a screen resolution of 2048x1536 (264 ppi).
 
The device will likely be called the Nexus 10. We don't have any specs to report on at this time other than the screen, but we can only assume that it'll be packing a quad-core processor and at least 64GB of storage space at the high-end.

Source: The Next Web



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RE: Great
By theapparition on 10/22/2012 9:44:34 AM , Rating: 3
Please. You act like the A5, A5X and A6 aren't cobbled together from available off the shelf designs. The GPU isn't some mystery, it's just a PowerVRSGX540-MP4.

ANYONE can license that design and put in in a SoC. Or the myriad of other available GPU designs.

And Apple SoCs are designed by..........Samsung. Same manufacturer of this rumored tablet.


RE: Great
By senecarr on 10/22/2012 10:47:56 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, as much as I'm a Samsung fan, I have to correct you there. The A5 and A5x are indeed off the shelf the designs, and the A4 was designed for Apple by Infineon and Samsung. The A6 is a different animal. It was designed by Apple's team, many of whom are from Infineon (Which Apple bought). One of Apple's employees is actually also a designer for the ARM A15.
What Apple did with the A6 was the same thing Qualcomm has been doing - custom core that is ARM instruction compatible, but specific design is not the stock ARM one.
Now, can Samsung make a processor that can run this tablet? Well of course, the Samsung Exynos 5 is perfectly capable, it runs two Arm A15 cores, and has a Mali T604. The chip is already out there, powering the newest Chromebook. The chip has some serious graphics advantages - since both GPU and CPU are designed by core, they are integrated so they can share their cache for working together.


RE: Great
By theapparition on 10/22/2012 4:31:22 PM , Rating: 2
Specifically the issue was GPU. You are correct though, that the A6 uses a custom core that is not stock ARM. Correction taken.

But you also minimize Samsung's role in the design of the A6. They are not strictly the manufacturer, they also co-designed it as well.


RE: Great
By TakinYourPoints on 10/22/2012 5:18:08 PM , Rating: 1
Incorrect, Samsung is purely a foundry in regards to the A6


RE: Great
By theapparition on 10/23/2012 9:53:03 AM , Rating: 3
That comment alone indicates you know nothing of the industry.

Foundries aren't like PCB shops where you just supply the gerbers.

In short, stop commenting about things where you have no clue.


RE: Great
By testerguy on 10/24/2012 5:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
He's absolutely right.

Samsung played no part in the design.

Apple is rumoured to be moving chip production away from Samsung. They essentially designed the architecture and can employ any manufacturer to produce it.


RE: Great
By TakinYourPoints on 10/22/2012 4:08:40 PM , Rating: 3
The A6 was designed by Apple, not Samsung. They spent billions on semi-conductor companies over the last year years and have an ARM architecture license. Even Anand initially thought that Apple somehow produced Cortex A15 based SoCs in volume, something that seemed difficult given the iPhone 5's release schedule. In fact it was a custom design by Apple that is faster and more efficient than anything out there.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6330/the-iphone-5-re...

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For years it's been rumored that Apple has held an ARM architecture license. With the A6 we now have conclusive proof.


More importantly, even if they didn't design their SoCs, why don't other companies produce their own using these faster components? Why is the Tegra 3 still considered among the high end for Android devices? It seems like madness that Samsung would give one of their top competitors the fastest SoC out there.


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